A footballer brother, his anxiety problems and his wife

Of the 26 players called up by Luis de la Fuente, only one knows what it’s like to win a European Championship. Jesus Navas (Sevilla, 1985) is the last remnant of the team that won the continental title in 2012 alongside Vicente del Bosque. A feat that he will try to achieve for the second time in his career, in one of his last appearances in the red jersey before retiring from professional football.

The star of the Sanchez Pizjuan This year he closes a career full of successes with the hope of once again winning the European trophy that Spain won more than a decade ago on July 14. Sevilla FC youth playerabout to turn 39, says goodbye to the sport after 21 years in the elite and after a difficult season for those from Nervión.

At the end of 2024, the full-back will hang up his boots and say goodbye to the red-and-white fans for good: “My wish, and I have conveyed this to the president, is continue playing until December in a transition to help the team. It will be on that date when I decide hang up my boots with the shirt I always dreamed of doing it withdressed as a Sevilla player,” he announced a few months ago through his social networks.

The life of the Seville defender cannot be understood without football, although the mental health problems They could end his career and he was on the verge of leaving everything anxietyHowever, his family and teammates became his greatest support: we tell you everything you need to know about the Spanish national football team player.

The footballer brother of Jesus Navas

Jesus Navas Born in Los Palacios, Sevilleand always had the ball between his feet. Much of that is his fault his older brother, Marco Antonio Navaswho has also been a footballer, although at a lower level. Like the full-back, Marco also began his sporting career at Unión Deportiva Los Palacios and, from there, he ended up making the jump to Sevilla’s youth system.

In 2004, the midfielder He made his debut with the Seville team in a match against Real Sociedad and spent much of the season alternating between the reserve team and the first team. However, unlike Jesús, he did not manage to make a place for himself in the red-and-white team, so he was loaned to the Ejido Sports Centre Second Division. Shortly afterwards, he would go through other second division clubs such as Xerez or Albacete Balompié and would end up at CD Guadalajara in 2009.

At the same time as his brother opted for Manchester City in 2013, Marco Navas He closed his arrival at Burya club on the outskirts of Manchester that was then playing in the fourth division. He didn’t last long there, because after just six months he came up against the harshness of the English playing field: “They broke my nose twice there. I don’t know if I fell down with concussion or not, but I do know that I didn’t even get a card,” he told Relevo years later.

The last sporting adventures of Jesús Navas’ brother before hanging up his boots were in other teams in Spain, the CD Cabecense of the Third National Division, and The Liara Footballof the Second Andalusian Division.

His wife Alejandra Moral and his two children

His support during these two decades of career has been his lifelong girlfriend, Alejandra Moralwhom the footballer married in June 2011 in a simple and typical Andalusian ceremony held in the Parish of Santa María la Blanca in Villafranca. Just a year after saying ‘I do’, a baby girl was born his first son, Jesus Navas Moraland in November 2018 they would welcome the second, Romeo Navas Moral.

Alejandra has always shown that her support for the footballer is unconditional, even in the worst moments. Therefore, after he announced that he was hanging up his boots, his wife wanted to dedicate an emotional message to him through her social networks: «It has not been an easy decision my lovetoday we all have a heavy heart. I love you, always together hand in hand,” said the Sevillian sharing the video of her husband’s farewell.

An anxiety disorder almost ruined his career

Although it seems that Jesús Navas has always had a perfect life, the truth is that his career was on the verge of being cut short by several mental health problemsIn 2005, when his career was beginning to take off and the Sevillian was becoming one of the promising players at Sevilla FC, the anxiety began knocking on his door.

It was during the preseason when the footballer, who at the time was barely 18 yearsbegan to feel these attacks that They prevented him from sleeping and eatingHe then felt that something was not right, trapped by the obligations of the professional athlete, which is why he decided Take a break. He left the concentration of the U-21 Selectiongiving up playing in the U-20 World Cup and was on the verge of giving up his promising career as a footballer.

However, he decided not to give up in the face of adversity and to continue fighting for the dream of dedicating himself to what he loved most: football. psychological treatment and the support of all his teammates in the Sevilla dressing room allowed him to move forward and continue making history.

Devotee of the Virgin of the Snows

Beyond his family, Jesús Navas has also demonstrated absolute devotion to the patron saint of his townthe Virgin of the Snowswho has accompanied him in the great successes of his sporting career. After winning the Nations League with ‘La Roja’ in 2023, the Sevillian waved the flag of his patron saint in front of the attentive gaze of all his family.

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